Rise in KwaZulu-Natal hijackings

2012-05-28 12:21
Durban - The number of hijackings has increased up to 35% in the past two years in KwaZulu-Natal, the Mercury reported on Monday.

Vehicle tracking and insurance companies reported that current hijacking hotspots were Umlazi, Chatsworth, Bluff, Phoenix, Berea, Umbilo, Greenwood Park, Amanzimtoti, Pinetown, Empangeni, and KwaDukuza.

Craig Taylor, managing director of BidTrack vehicle tracking and recovery, formerly known as Bandit, said the company's statistics showed there had been a 21% increase in hijacking in KwaZulu-Natal this year.

"In most of the incidents of hijacking in KwaZulu-Natal, the hijackers are following their victims home or are patrolling residential areas looking for pre-selected vehicles," Taylor was quoted as saying.

Tracker spokesperson Gareth Crocker said with passenger vehicles, about 60% and 70% of all hijackings occurred in either business or residential driveways.

There had also been an increase in truck hijacking in recent months. Thieves went after the cargo they carried.

Vehicles that were mostly targeted were VW and Toyota, and the Hyundai H100 delivery vehicle.

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